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Teach Children Propane Safety

Over a million children are left home alone between the time school lets out and when a parent returns from work or during school vacations. The National Propane Gas Associaation (NPGA) offers the following safety tips about gas systems and appliances to help parents keep their children safe during this time.

Take children on a tour of all home appliances, such as the furnace, water heater and refrigerator, and have them listen to the noises they make. Children will be less fearful when they know that the water heater is suppose to gurgle and that the furnace makes a sound like footsteps in the hallway. This is also a good time to teach your children about basic appliance safety rules.

  • Never turn on appliances without an adult present. 
  • Keep papers and toys (especially remote-controlled cars) away from gas furnaces, space heaters and fireplaces.
  • Stay away from propane tanks and pipes 
  • Never play with matches.

Every child home alone should have a neighbor or adult family friend to turn to in case of an emergency.

Both natural and propane gas have an odorant added that smells like rotten eggs to help identify a gas leak. Children should follow these steps if they smell gas: 1) Exit the home immediately without using any electric switches or appliance. 2) Go to a trusted adult for help; and 3) Call mom or dad from a nearby phone.

Danger Precautions
Propane gas is extremely flammable. Keep propane gas and containers from heat, sparks, and flame; have propane dealer light pilots.
Propane gas leaks are dangerous.

Have your propane system checked by your propane dealer.

Propane vapors may ignite explosively. Keep propane storage containers closed. Do not bleed lines in enclosed areas.
Propane gas may case suffocation. Provide adequate ventilation.
Escaping propane may cause freeze burns. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, or clothing.
Propane gas is heavier than air. Smell for gas close to the ground.

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